Sunday, June 28, 2009
This morning, Ron and I met over at Bonnie's house to help her cut up a tree that had fallen on the edge of her yard. I knew it was going to be a hot day today, when I left my house at 7:00 and it was already 77 degrees and a light rain was falling....which just made the humidity even worse.
But by 11:00, we had the tree cut down, sliced up, and the branches hauled out of sight.
Needless to say, we were filthy!
We took advantage of Bonnie's showers and headed over to the swimming pool next door for a quick dip, then grilled some burgers.
By 2:00, we were all pretty tired out! It doesn't take much outdoor labor to really zap your energy in this heat!
Friday, June 26, 2009
Nothing says "WELCOME" quite like a huge fence surrounding your home! I saw this place on the side of the road as I traveled today and had to pull over and take a photo. Quite the contrast in ideas!
I wonder if the fence is to keep people out or in?
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Titi Creek is a blackwater creek on the north side of Eglin Air Force Base, near Crestview, FL. The put-in was a bit too sandy for some vehicles, so we used the pickups to shuttle the canoes down there. The creek is lovely, clean, and an easy paddle. There are two short sections where the creek suddenly flows through a cypress swamp without any clear channel. We just floated along through the trees, assuming that the flowing water would take us where we needed to go, as that none of our group had ever done the creek before, and it did. Titi Creek flows into the Shoal River and we took out at the boat ramp just south of Crestview on the Shoal.
Friday, June 19, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Here are a few photos from Saturday's paddle on Turkey Creek. The water was crystal clear and running fast. The creek ranged from 10 feet to 20 feet wide, and was very twisty and turny. It took a lot of quick paddling to keep out of the bushes! Click to enlarge, then use your BACK button to return and select another photo.
Friday, June 12, 2009
I am off for a few days to paddle a few of the rivers in the Florida panhandle. Most of them are on Eglin Air Force Base, so there is no development along their banks. Here is a shot that Michel has on her website of the one we are paddling on Saturday...Turkey Creek. It is a very shallow, very clear stream with a beautiful white sand bottom. I will be staying at Michel and John's second home, for which I am very thankful.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Sunday, June 07, 2009
Here is Callie, seated upon her throne.
Ok, so it is just the really ugly green and purple stool that I used to have in my classroom...but Callie has recently claimed it as her personal throne and dares you to try to get her off of it.
Besides, I think she likes the colors!